Simon Gawesworth & Phil Rowley – Fly Line Construction
On this episode of the Fly Fishing Journeys podcast, we have a very special guest, Simon Gawesworth. Simon is the Education and Engagement Manager for Far Bank, the parent company to Rio Products, Sage, Redington and Fly Water Travel. Simon is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on spey casting and has taught and demonstrated spey casting around the world. But his expertise doesn’t stop there. In this podcast we cover Simon’s beginning outside of London, England when his father, a fly fishing instructor himself, taught him how to fly fish. As Simon worked with Rio Products in product development for many years, I wanted to dive into different types of fly lines, and we talked about the process of making a fly line. We finalize on a wonderful deep dive discussion on the make up of both mono and fluorocarbon leader and tippet material. Simon’s insights here are invaluable for any fly angler.
Helping me on the podcast is my Phil Rowley. Phil, who was also born in England, has a nice friendship with both Simon and Rio so was kind enough to sit in and add value to this episode.
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[04.14] Teenage years – Starting the conversation, Simon shares how he started fishing and what kind of teenager he was back then.
[15.57] Fly line – Simon shares the process of making a fly line.
[18.00] Glass Microsphere – Simon explains why they use glass microspheres in fly lines.
[23.29] Styles – We talk about different styles of Rio fly lines.
[27.38] Tippets – Simone shares the difference between monofilament and fluorocarbon.
[36.27] The relationship – We talk about the relationship between Rio and Redington.
Connect with Simon
YouTube – youtube.com/channel/UCjSCLA2xRVndRuZ9Lzh3cCQ
Website – speyborn.com/
Facebook – web.facebook.com/simon.gawesworth/
Instagram – instagram.com/simongawesworth/
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